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About Sim*Vivo

Introducing A Different Approach to Simulation and Task Training

SIM*VIVO was established in 2008 to specifically develop practical simulation modules that will provide each medical learner with all materials necessary to learn a specific task. These modules were developed to provide a realistic lifelike platform for practice in and out of the simulation lab and to avoid the need for “scrounging” the hospital for second-rate and outdated training supplies. Additionally, our philosophy is to keep the cost of each unit reasonable so that each learner could own his or her “personal task trainer” which would facilitate further practice.

Using the standard surgery resident curriculums as models, SIM*VIVO has developed our basic simple suturing module and knot tying module that contain all of the training materials and a guidebook that allow the learner to practice in or out of the laboratory at his or her own pace. To complete the module, instructions are provided for testing for competence. More recently, we have opened Sim*Supply which can provide you and your simulation laboratory with a wide array of high quality, low-cost surgical simulation supplies.

Complimentary instructional “learning” videos are also available on this web site to facilitate the initial learning steps for each skill. Together, our hands-on learning materials provides the integrated task training experience that will appeal to medical students, residents, nursing students, and medical trainees. 

Who We Are

John B. Fortune, MD

President, Medical Director
As an active trauma surgeon and surgical educator, John noted several years ago that there was a need for learning systems and task trainers that could provide the learner with all of the materials necessary for learning a single surgical procedure to an acceptable level of competence. In response to this perceived need, he started Sim*Vivo, LLC, specifically to provide learners the opportunity for deliberate and distributive practice to best learn the tasks at hand. Affordability was also another key concept in his quest to provide simulation laboratories and individual learners the best equipment and supplies at prices far under those currently on the market. In the past year, he opened Sim*Supply as a subsidiary to solely focus high quality supplies that would eliminate the need to scour the OR and hospital for outdated or discarded materials. He has recently developed additional learning systems for dissection skills and GI anastomosis. On the drawing board are plans for modules focused on vascular repair and anastomosis, and flap manipulation. If you have questions or suggestions, please contact him at John@sim-vivo.com


Brooks Fortune

General Counsel
Brooks Fortune is a graduate of The Colorado College and the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, where he served as Executive Editor of the Denver Law Review. He has substantial experience defending and counseling healthcare and other professional institutions. Before joining Sim-Vivo and Thoravations, Brooks regularly counseled technology firms on a wide range of matters. He brings to bear practical solutions to his clients’ complex business problems. Brooks is licensed to practice law in Colorado and Vermont and has been admitted pro hac vice in numerous jurisdictions.

In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and young children. He resides in a very old house in Waterbury Center, Vermont. He can be contacted at brooks@sim-vivo.com


Tina Killoran

General Manager
Tina joined us shortly after our move to Naples, FL. With experience working for numerous large companies including Kohl's, ABC, Publishers Clearinghouse, and the Barnes & Noble catalog division, she brings a wealth of knowledge to Sim*Vivo. She will be streamlining our operational processes as well as handling sales, marketing, social media, and helping with product development. She can be reached at tina@sim-vivo.com.


Rebecca D. Tinker

Business Manager
Becky is the business manager and customer liaison for Sim*Vivo.  She has a background in the financial sector and was a welcome addition to Sim*Vivo five years ago.  If there are questions about your order or shipping, Becky will certainly be happy to help. She can be reached at Rebecca@sim-vivo.com.

                                                                                      Sim*Vivo Business Manager Rebecca Tinker and Dr. Fortune
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